Dry Eyes or Infection?
Many people think
they have allergies or infections
when it might be Dry Eye Syndrome
Our office provides emergency services for eye infections and eye injuries.
Specialized microscopes allow us to examine the front surface of the eye and facial areas around the eye for infection, injury or dry eye. After assessing the discomfort, a treatment plan will be formulated and explained to you. Treatment may include medications and supportive care. Follow-up visits to monitor your recovery will be scheduled as needed.
Eye Infection Symptoms include
- Swollen Eyes
- Thick Discharge
- Excessive Pinkness or Redness
- Pain or Discomfort
Treatment may include antibiotics, eyelid scrubs and/or prescription eye drops.
The Causes of Eye Infections
Our eyes have built in protectors – lids, lashes, tears – all working together to keep your eyes healthy. Eye infections are typically caused from hand to eye contact or more frequently due to non-compliance with contact lens wearers. When the bacterial growth is too strong, the eye cannot defend itself quickly enough and outward symptoms present themselves.
You may have also seen in the news, cases of eye eating bacteria and other live organisms that are highly dangerous and vision threatening. These issues usually arise when the eye is in contact with contaminated water. Even the most beautiful, clear water can harbor pesky bacteria. Contact lens wearers are urged to not wear contacts in the shower or any fresh or chemical controlled water without tight sealed, waterproof protection.
Dry Eye Symptoms include
- Scratchy Eyes
- Burning, Mild Redness
- Gritty Feeling Eyes
Dry Eye Treatment may include:
- Artificial Tears
- Eye Drops for Treating Allergies
- Punctal Plugs Inserted In the Tear Drainage Canals
- Vitamin Supplements
- Eye Lid Scrubs
- Manual Gland Massage and Extraction
The Causes of Dry Eye Syndrome
The Aging Process: Tear flow normally decreases with age. In fact, approximately 75% of individuals over age 65 suffer from DES symptoms.
Contact Lens Wear: Contact lens wear can dramatically increase tear evaporation, causing discomfort, infection, and / or protein deposits. DES is the leading cause of contact lens intolerance. Many of our patients are now wearing daily disposable lenses.
Hormonal Changes in Women: Various hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, oral contraceptives and menopause can contribute to DES.
Environmental Factors: People who are exposed to smoke, air pollution, high altitudes, windy, cold or dry air conditions are at risk for DES.
Structural problems: Eyes that don’t allow the eyes to close properly or faulty tear ducts.
Side effects of Disease/Medications: There are several diseases and medications which can lower your ability to produce tears. Be sure to give your doctor a complete medical history.